NORTH SALEM, N.Y. Richard Koser , whose new art exhibit at the Ruth Keeler Library drew nearly 50 people to its opening reception, is more than just a talented photographer. Koser is a familiar face around North Salem, having served as a director of the Chamber of Commerce, the Historical Society and the library.
Kosers current exhibit focuses on a dozen different flowers. Theres something about flowers, he said. It started three or four years ago when my wife asked me to capture some of her flower arrangements and blooms. I got sensitized to the subject.
I became fascinated with the colors, the shapes and the forms. Flowers are very expressive. I love the symmetry, and the lighting takes care of itself.
Koser, a resident of Croton Falls, says he has had many careers: photographer, support specialist, graphic artist and illustrator.
His college education started at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, where he studied biology. I got into the darkroom because of one of my teachers there, he said. I owe a lot to RPI because thats where I learned how to learn. And how to study.
His fascination with photography started in high school with a 35mm camera, pilfered from his father. Now he shoots digital.
Digital is a lot easier to start with, but its difficult to keep up with it. He attends lectures and photography classes. Im always learning something but I never know where itll come from.
One of Kosers favorite photography subjects is his cats. I live in a cat highway crossroads. There are a lot of cats coming through. I had two cameras that refused to focus on cat fur, he said.
I like shooting my cats, but they dont like to pose.
Richard Kosers exhibit, Images of Flowers, will be on display at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library , 276 Titicus Road, North Salem, until the end of April.
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